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80-Year-Old Mechanic Handcrafts a Charming Flightless Drone
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80-Year-Old Mechanic Handcrafts a Charming Flightless Drone

265 handcrafted pieces, 362 screws, and 1560 hours of work.August 11, 2020It& 39;s nice to be reminded every once in a while that engineering can be utilized for art. Scale model enthusiast José Manuel Hermo Barreiro, or more popularly, Patelo, is a retired naval mechanic doing just that. While he does not technically hold an engineering degree, you cannot overlook his prowess for engineering.

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"Going Up": An Elevator to Space

March 01, 2014We& 39;re not talking science fiction here. A large collective of diverse experts from the International Academy of Astronautics have come together on the publication & 39;Space Elevators& 39; to look into the feasibility of such a concept. And what did they find? Not only does it seem completely possible, it also seems to be a good idea.
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Somerset Development Authority to change Bell Labs into Urban Hubs

February 27, 2014Somerset Development Authority is going to change the traditional Bell Labs into Urban Hubs to meet the requirements of the modern cities.The Bell Labs are the research and development units of the information technology sector. These are purely private initiatives by Alcatel-Lucent, situated at places like Berkeley Heights, New Jersey etc in USA.
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Dinner in The Sky - Something Different than Your Usual Restaurant

February 06, 2014What is the most common type of restaurants? If we neglect the differences in the kitchen, this is mostly a space restricted by few walls and containing lots of tables and a bar. A garden or a terrace could eventually make the place more diverse, and the beautiful view of a nearby mountain or beach could make the experience unforgettable.
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TroyTec to Revolution-ize the Bicycle Market

February 21, 2014TroyTec is a comparatively young company founded in 2009 by Dominic Rodatus and Tobias Albert. They have some experience in motorsports and are both mechanical engineers, so the racing roots of the Revolution modular bike should not be a surprise. Image Source: TroyTech The core of all Revolution bikes is a carbon frame which is a base of four general configurations.
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Photorealistic eyes drawn by artist using coloured pencils

March 16, 2014 Image Source: Thisiscolossal An artist from Texas who goes by the name of Redosking is able to draw human eyes that look as close to a photograph as possible. The photorealistic eyes are drawn by coloured pencil and while eyes seem to be a common subject for many artists, these go far beyond the average attempts seen.
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Hit the Open Road with the Swiss Room Box and Camp in Style

March 07, 2014As this long winter begins to fade, the ideal of camping under a warm summer moon is quite inviting. Who among us hasn& 39;t secretly or not so secretly begged for mother nature to step aside so that we could enjoy roasting marshmallows over an open flame? If only camping was more affordable with the high gas prices of today, right?
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Metropolis Designs Created Completely by Computer Parts

March 02, 2014Artistic genius emerges when art and technology collide. Franco Recchia, an Italian artist designs amazing model size cities made entirely of recycled computer parts. These models are artistically created using numerous parts found inside any computer or other electronic devices. Next time you switch one of your internal drives you may want to consider turning it into a design of your choice.
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Mobile Folding Furniture - a Space Saving Dream

March 13, 2014It has finally been done, the designs of childhood have brought to adult life. Atelier OPA has develop a series of mobile folding furniture. Each piece folds up as easily as our old barbie doll furniture, minus the cool pink case. Of course, we don’t want to go completely back to childhood play.
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NASA Puts New Spacesuit Design to Public Vote

March 30, 2014NASA have just released images and details of their latest spacesuit prototypes and are putting the final decision to public vote. The design team at the Johnson Space Center have revealed three prototypes of the Z-2 series and you can cast your vote here.The Z-1 predecessor nicknames Buzz Lightyear& 39;s suit without wings Image Source:NASA The designs are to be honest, rather unusual and not what you& 39;d expect from a new generation spacesuit - but NASA is hardly Prada.
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Turn a sheet of plywood into a multi-utility desk

April 01, 2014Recently the HomeMade Modern blog managed to take a single sheet of plywood and turn it into a multi-utility desk that you would be proud to have in your home. However you do need to be a little hands on as you cannot go out and purchase it in stores, you have to make it.A desk can be used for numerous things if you live in a small place, such as an apartment.
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The fold up toilet that saves water

April 06, 2014Gareth Humphreys and Elliott Whiteley, two design students at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England, have conjured up a new design for the toilet - something which hasn& 39;t changed for a long period of time. Their university final year project design, named the Iota, is not only reduced in size compared to traditional toilets, but also uses less water per flush - 50 less in fact.
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The Willie bus: A concept LCD-covered bus from the future

April 12, 2014The & 39;Willie& 39; bus is a futuristic concept conjured up by designer Tad Orlowski that completely replaces the walls of the bus with large transparent LCD screens. & 34;The innovative feature that distinguishes & 39;Willie& 39; from other conventional buses is the design of the side elevations, which are made of transparent LCD screens,& 34; explains Orlowski& 39;s website, which goes on to say that the concept & 34;utilizes new trends in technology to transform city landscapes and provide an added element to getting around town.
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Robotic kangaroo based on the principles of nature

April 05, 2014Typically, robots look and act like what they are...robotic. However a German company by the name of Festo has designed a robotic kangaroo, dubbed the & 34;BionicKangaroo& 34;, which has been designed to mimic a real life kangaroo. The robotic kangaroo looks and acts cute on the exterior, while the insides are comprised of impressive robotics.
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Fun furniture for tech and video game fans

April 14, 2014Tech and gaming fans may be pleased to know that they don& 39;t have to stick the same furniture and decor in their home that everyone else owns. They can actually fill up their homes with fun gaming related and techy furniture. So with this in mind, here is some fun furniture and decor for tech and video game fans.
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Dart: Small Portable Universal Laptop Charger

FINsix has launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise the funds they need to mass produce what they& 39;ve called Dart - a small, portable, universal laptop and USB charger.April 17, 2014FINsix, a team made up of MIT graduate students, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise the funds they need to mass produce what they& 39;ve called Dart - a small, portable, universal laptop and USB charger.
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G-Pad silicone sleeve adds Gameboy buttons to your iPhone

April 14, 2014Retro gamers will assure you that physical buttons beat touch screen buttons for gaming hands down. The lack of a physical sense of the button requires repeated checks with your vision to make sure your finger are in the right place and this, for competitive gamers especially, can be a significant hindrance to your high score.
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Sweden's Futuristic Fire-Fighting Helmet

April 14, 2014Firefighters battle through many obstacles and hindrances when trying to control and extinguish fires among other hazards. Swedish designer, Omer Haciomeroglu, re-imagined the fire-fighters helmet by including a heads up display to offer improved vision and to inform the user of vital and extra information.
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Glow in the Dark Roads Begin Use in Netherlands

April 13, 2014Researchers in the Netherlands have come up with a simplistic yet brilliant new method for road markings that comes with no bills and 100 environmentally friendly - glow in the dark roads. Yes, glow in the dark paint is being tested as both a road marker and replacement for streetlights.
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The pocket printer that travels across the page

April 12, 2014Printer design hasn& 39;t seen many great changes over the years and in terms of portability, it& 39;s been left on the desk. Now ZUtA Lab& 39;s Kickstarter campaign is looking to raise funds to bring its pocket friendly portable printer into the commercial market. The Mini Mobile Pocket Printer is a small & 39;pocket-sized& 39; device that allows you to print from any device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, you name it!
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It’s a case of sour milk for Ko Yang project

April 26, 2014Anyone who thought that they had seen it all with “Freshness Labels”, a food label that turned colour the older that food got, may want to think again. Now thanks to designer Ko Yang, we can see the difference between solids and liquids when it comes to milk. Any shop owners who have sour milk could in fact place it on the cheese shelf (although we don& 39;t recommend it) and its far less riskier than taking a smell not knowing how bad it& 39;s going to be.
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